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WAHIS, the OIE’s World Animal Health Information System is being renovated to meet new sanitary challenges and to be prepared to future demands. The new tool WAHIS+ has been improved for a better collection and dissemination of data on animal diseases.
In Paris, the 25th of May 2017,the new tool World Animal Health Information System + (WAHIS+) has been presented. As well as the previous version, it allows access to reliable and validated animal health information in order to control transboundary animal diseases effectively, ensures the early detection of emerging diseases, contributes to protect public health and global livelihoods, and plays a significant role in facilitating safe trade.
WAHIS+ will be an evolving tool, thanks to an ambitious project launched by the OIE to develop an improved system with increased functions and a stronger reporting network. It will improve the collection and the dissemination of data on animal diseases of epidemiological significance, in both domestic species and wildlife.
More than ten years have passed since the launch of the first WAHIS system, and changes are required to address the new challenges are faced by veterinary public health today. The road to WAHIS+ started one year ago, when the OIE consulted the needs of its Members, as well as a wide range of stakeholders, through survey, consultation and dialogue.
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The Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) provides scientific advice on all aspects of animal diseases and animal welfare. Its work chiefly concerns food producing animals, including fish.
AHAW Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:
Risk assessment, quantitative risk assessment, modelling
Microbiology and pathology (applied to infectious diseases of food-producing animals, including aquatic animals)
Animal production (husbandry, housing and management, animal transport and stunning and killing of animals)
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A resurgent outbreak of a new strain of avian influenza that can be lethal for humans stresses the need for robust and rapid detection and response systems at animal source, to reduce the risk associated with virus spread and impacts on public health, according to Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health.
Human cases of the H7N9 virus, first detected in China four years ago, have suddenly increased since December 2016. As of early March 2017, there have been more reported human cases of influenza A (H7N9) than those caused by other types of avian influenza viruses (H5N1, H5N6, etc.) combined.
Most of the patients infected reported a history of visiting live bird markets or coming into contact with infected birds. Since 2013, China has invested heavily in surveillance of live bird markets and poultry farms. However the surveillance of this virus has proven particularly challenging as until recently it has shown no or few signs of disease in chickens.
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The report of the ERA-LEARN 2020 Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 is now available here. The CWG AHW, EMIDA and ANIHWA were represented on an expert panel where impacts of the projects funded under these initiatives was discussed.